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Does PRO Act Change Contingent Workforce Screening?

The United States House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) in March, changing the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, as well as other laws that impact workers’ rights to organize. Freelancers, or self-employed contractors and gig workers who take on projects, are divided over the bill’s inclusion of […]

Contingent Workforce Trends in an (Almost) Post-Pandemic World

According to Pew Research, 25 percent of adults in the United States reported that they or someone in their household lost a job and 32 percent reported a reduction in hours or pay due to the pandemic. On the other hand, grocery stores, online retailers and quick-service restaurants rapidly expanded hiring. In addition, many companies […]

3 Reasons Why It’s Sensible to Screen Contractors Before Working with Them

Employers conduct background checks all the time on potential hires, so it only makes sense that those looking to work with a contractor should do the same. For starters, contactors that don’t have their employees covered could mean bearing responsibility for neglecting to look into coverage before hire. Whether or not the contractor has been […]

Legal Experts Weigh In: 4 Best Practices for Screening Non-Employees

When it comes to background checking, four best practices can help provide guidance. These include understanding how one fits in from a screening perspective, effectively communicating who is managing which elements of the background checking process, ensuring compliance with applicable laws (Fair Credit Reporting Act – FCRA, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – EEOC and Ban […]

Contractor Background Check Program Best Practices You Should Be Following

A contractor is defined as any individual that is not directly employed by an organization but undertakes a contract to complete a service or job. The screening practices for this type of individual should be completed differently than an employee because traditional supervision, direct relationships, and other requirements don’t exist in this situation. There are […]

Freelancing is on Fire. Should Businesses Screen Independent Contractors?

The gig economy was going strong even before the pandemic and now, many are turning to freelancing as a means to make money from home. Freelancers are not considered employees and do not receive the same traditional protections, but employers largely have the same liability issues with these workers as with regular employees and should […]

Screening Your Contingent Workforce

Many HR executives hesitate from managing the contingent workforce because they fear contractors might be legally deemed permanent employees. Thankfully, HR professionals who would traditionally shy away from screening contractors are now taking a more responsible approach in managing this growing segment of the workforce. Historically, background checks did not include contingent staff, and even […]


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